Sunday, 9 April 2017

09:19 – It was 40.1F (4.5C) when I took Colin out around 0715 this morning, bright and sunny. When I checked just now, it was already up to 55.5F (13C).

Barbara has been pointing out for two or three weeks that I’m getting a bit shaggy, so with Bonnie’s funeral coming up I guess it’s finally time for a haircut.

I’ve been putting in bulk orders for science kit components: cases of 300 goggles, 300 thermometers, 864 plastic rulers, 288 glass beakers, 288 PTC test paper, 400 each of test tube racks, test tube clamps, 9V battery connectors, 100 mL and 10 mL graduated cylinders, 500 spatulas, 600 sets of pH test paper, etc. etc. All in preparation for the autumn rush. I’d order larger quantities, but there’s the matter of where to stack all this stuff. These quantities are at least enough to cover us partway into the autumn rush. I’ll need to place more orders in July/August to get the rest of what we need.

Right now, we’re into the slowest time of year for kit sales, so we’ll be spending a lot of time building subassemblies that’ll let us assemble kits on-the-fly during the rush period. We also need to spend some time during this slow period getting the prepping supplies room downstairs organized. Right now, there are cases and cases of canned goods and dry bulk staples piled all over the floor. Everything from six cases of Keystone canned meats to cases of LDS onions and dry milk to 3-gallon jugs of peanut oil to large jars of bulk spices to piles of Augason #10 cans to stacks of bagged egg noodles to pails of Augason brown rice. All of that needs to be organized and shelved, which means I’m going to need to install more shelves.

 

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